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BUILDING ON AN OLD FOUNDATION
PREPARING FOR A FUTURE IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY?
Is God calling you into the Gospel Ministry? Start preparing now.
The Apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, lists pastors, teachers, evangelists and other leaders as God's gift to the Church so that the Body of Christ may be built up toward the unity of the faith and growth in knowledge of the Son of God.
If you believe God is calling you to this blessed and noble task, you should begin now to lay the foundations f or an education that will qualify you to declare His Word faithfully and minist er to His F lock with excellence and integrity
If you are in high school or just beginning your undergraduate college education, we at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Semina ry would like to offer our guidance in helping you to channel you pre - seminary education toward the eventual goal of obtaining an advanced theological degree. This page is intended to provide some of that preliminary guidance.
DEVELOPING A PRE-SEMINARY EDUCATION
Tailoring Your Undergraduate Studies
The Association of Theological Schools recommends that pre - seminary students pursue an educational program that will help them to develop the ability to think carefully, communicate clearly, and do independent research. Pre - seminary students should also le arn about human culture and society, and will find it useful to develop proficiency in biblical , classical , and modern languages.
A Solid Liberal Arts Core
Our academic advisors at Greenville Seminary recommend that young men preparing for the ministry pur sue a bachelor of arts degree with an emphasis on the so - called "liberal arts" — history, philosophy, classical languages, logic, rhetoric, literature, and other courses designed to stimulate rational thought and intellectual capabilities. Of course, if yo ur college offers biblically sound Bible and religion courses, these will be of benefit. If you r school offers courses in ancient Greek and Hebrew, you should take as many of these courses as possible, giving you a solid head start on your theological educ ation at GPTS .
A Word from GPTS Academic Dean Dr. Benjamin Shaw
" I recommend that young men first begin a regular program of reading through the Bible (I especially recommend Grant Horner's system, found online here: www.scribd.com/doc/12349985/Professor - Grant - Horners - Bible - Reading - System ). During the past twenty years , the level of Bible knowledge among students entering seminary seems to have dropped significantly, and men don't seem to take it as seriously as they ought. I also recommend that they begin a program of reading regularly through the Westminster S tandards. As a suggestion here, I recommend one chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith per day, and four questions in each of the Larger and Shorter C atechisms per day. When you get to the end of each, simply start over again. The WCF takes 33 days. The LC takes 49 days, and the SC takes 27 days. Thus, in a year, a man would read through the WCF 11+ times, the LC 7+ times, and the SC 14+ times. I also suggest that they work on memorizing the Shorter Catechism. The repeated reading through the Bible acquaints the man with the Bible, while the repeated reading through the Standards acquaints the man with Reformed theology. "
Some recommended undergraduate courses:
- Philosophy & History of Philosophy
- History of Western Civilization
- Communication Arts /Speech
- Logic & Rhetoric
- English & English Literature
- Natural Science
- Social Science
- Church History
- Biblical Studies
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15